Steffen Nowak, Maker of fine Violins, Violas and Cellos in baroque and modern style
Viola after Giovanni Battista Grancino 16.25 '' (413mm) SOLD
A new Viola design, freely adapted and inspired by instruments of the Grancino family.
Early instruments by the Grancino family, Milan, (1650 - ca. 1750) bear some close similarities to the Amatis, not always as superbly finished but holding their own for their design, flair and sound. The large and prolific Testore family, initially co-workers/followers of the Grancinos, pushed the boundaries of violinmaking even further, with both spontaneous working methods as well as a hurried and uncompromising finish, no doubt due to increased commercial pressure and lesser remuneration for their work.
The outline for this design is slightly modified from an original to arrive at a
body length of 413mm with a string length of 378mm.
The varnish here is maybe one of the most exciting finishes in recent years -
not exactly antiqued but not quite 'as new' applied either.
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